Geneva, Oct. 2.
ginning a new date, I should begin a new letter; re seen nothing yet, and the post is going out: 'tis 3 tumbled dab, and dirty too, I am sending you; , can I do ? There is no possibility of writing such istory over again. I find there are many English >wn; Lord Brook2, Lord Mansels, Lord Hervey's4
«n, and a son5 of------of Mars and Venus, or of
and Cleopatra, or, in short, of------------. This is
, in the bow of whose hat Mr. Hedges6 pinned
i Greville (1719-1773), ,ron Brooke; cr. Earl ,6 ; and Earl of Warwick,
3 Mansell (d. 1744), second sell.
Cervey (1696-1743), eldest on of John Hervey, first iatol (n. c.); entered the ords as Baron Hervey of L7S3; Yice Chamberlain ;ehold, 1730 ; Lord Privy 42. He "was the author >f the Reign of George II. son -was the Hon. George !ervey (1721-1775), who is father as second Baron 13, and his grandfather
Earl of Bristol, 1751; Turin, 1755-58; Ambas-tfadrid, 1758-61; Lord-of Ireland, 1766-67 ; Lord
1768-70; Groom of the First Lord of the Bed-770-75.
ly Charles Churchill ,tural son of General urohill by Mrs. Oldfield ?. The two latter are eferred to here as ' Mars ' and l Antony and Cleo-?s. Oldfield appeared in
e part of Cleopatra in
»ar in Egypt.
, youngest son of Sir
Charles Hedges, sometime Secretary of State. He was Envoy to Turin, and Secretary to the Prince of Wales. An Epistle addressed to Charles Hedges (by Sir William Yonge) is printed in Nichols' Select Collection of poetry (Vol. VI). In a copy, now in the Dyce-Forster Collection in South Kensington Museum, and formerly at Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole wrote the following notes:—
'Charles Hedges, Secretary to Frederick Prince of Wales, was a man much in fashion, an accomplished scholar, and an elegant writer of Latin verse, in which he had a correspondence with Dr. Bloxholme. He died in the middle age, and left a short will in verse.
Mr. Hedges, who was a very agreeable and galant man, was in love with the celebrated actress Mrs. Oldfield, and appeared to be favoured by her, while kept by General Charles Churchill, a very warm man and a favourite of Sir B, Walpole. Mrs. Oldfield, who was admired in the part of Cleopatra, did not like to have her inclination for Hedges intimated to the General, and was supposed to instigate hi™ to persecute Sir William *. He was afterwards one of the supporters of Mrs. Oldfield's pall.'
I mentioned Mrs. Oldfield's performance as Cleopatra in his